Theosophy and its Influence on Modernism
Many of the early modernist painters including Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Hilma af Klimt cited Theosophy as a direct source of inspiration for their work and ideas. Theosophy was a spiritualist movement that developed in the late nineteenth century, a highly eclectic amalgamation of philosophical, religious and occultist ideas.
Theosophists and the artists who were inspired by them, were driven by the notion that there are higher truths beyond the scientific method and human perception. Theosophy enabled artists who were interested exploring the metaphysical and spiritual realm through abstraction to dive into new possibilities and portray their ideas in profoundly new ways.
A few of our favorite artists who were inspired by Theosophy include:
Hilma af Klint, Untitled #1,1915, oil on gold on canvas, private collection